January 1, 2014

A very happy New Year to you all!

Susan Taylor Propst is the author of a series of wonderful books on floral appliqué. Here on the blog, we previously featured her titles Beautiful Blooms and Another Season of Beautiful Blooms.

For this month, courtesy of Martingale, we have Susan’s third book, Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué.

Subtitled “Pretty and Practical Projects,” this book gives instructions for a variety of different things you can appliqué and sew, from table runners to place mats to tote bags to zippered cases.

Campanula Neck Roll

Tulip Place Mats

Petunia Case

Also blooming in the designs are irises, daffodils, dahlias, and ivy. Add in Susan’s instructions for her methods of needleturn hand appliqué, prepared-edge hand appliqué, and fusible appliqué, and this is one fantastic resource!

If you’d like to enter the drawing for Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué, please leave a comment below by 7:00 p.m. California time on Saturday, January 5.

Open to U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only. Heads up! If you get this in an email, do not reply… it will not enter you in the drawing. Leave your comment on the blog, on the internet. To get there, click on the title of the post in your email feed.

See you Saturday!
By Kay Mackenzie


70 Responses to “Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué”

  1. Patti on January 1st, 2014 5:56 am

    I really like the placements and have a plan for them already. But I also like the other projects you have shown. A lovely book that makes me look forward to spring. Thanks for a chance, and happy new year.

  2. Barb C in WA on January 1st, 2014 5:59 am

    The Tulip placemats are stunning, and omg a petunia!!!

  3. Nancy on January 1st, 2014 6:08 am

    More beautiful things to stitch!

  4. Lori Ginsberg on January 1st, 2014 7:38 am

    I love Susan’s designs! I would like for 2014 to be an applique year :)

  5. Lee on January 1st, 2014 7:54 am

    Susan’s designs are lovely! I love the petunia glass case!

  6. Joanna on January 1st, 2014 7:57 am

    As soon as I saw the placemats, I loved this book. Surrounding ourselves with Nature’s Beauty is the right thing to do. So pretty.

  7. Sandy A in St. Louis on January 1st, 2014 8:14 am

    Happy New Year! These are gorgeous! It looks like springtime on your blog. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Nita on January 1st, 2014 9:16 am

    Happy New Year to you! It looks like a lovely book :)

  9. Kathy O in GA on January 1st, 2014 9:19 am

    Looking forward to seeing the lovely projects in person…maybe I’ll be the winner? Thank you for the review and chance to win the book! Happy New Year!

  10. Kathy Pennell on January 1st, 2014 9:30 am

    Just some lovely patterns! Would love to win this.

  11. jane from New England on January 1st, 2014 9:36 am

    I love everything I see about the book.
    I love the glass case particularly. Thanks for the chance.

  12. Vickie VanDyken on January 1st, 2014 9:38 am

    What beautiful projects!! I might want to recover my Nook after seeing these :) Hope I win the book. I see lots of really useable projects there!

  13. Amy Reindel on January 1st, 2014 9:41 am

    Confession, I have always found myself get anxious evertime I have attempted appliqué. This book maybe my salvation so I can expand my skill. Thanks for the opportunity!!

  14. Celeste A Childress on January 1st, 2014 9:42 am

    This book has already inspired me. Now, I hope to win it!

  15. Joan Trautwein on January 1st, 2014 9:43 am

    Happy New Year! Thank you for sharing all the year through. The flowers and the projects in this book are very neat looking and would make very pretty gifts–thinking ahead to this years birthdays, etc. and something for me. I’d definitely like to win it.

  16. Gail on January 1st, 2014 9:53 am

    I love the tulip placemats. They are very beautiful!

  17. Nancy Hanson on January 1st, 2014 9:57 am

    Happy New Year. The book looks fabulous.
    I’m so excited about Appliqué. I’d love to win it.

  18. Sandy O. on January 1st, 2014 10:03 am

    What a wonderful book. I love to applique and this has some beautiful things to make. I especially like the petunia glass case. Thanks for doing this and Happy New Year.

  19. Jean Morrison on January 1st, 2014 10:06 am

    Wow – I am already beginning to plan next year’s Christmas gifts, and this new book will be the mainstay of ideas!

  20. Robin on January 1st, 2014 10:08 am

    What a nice way to start the new year. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book.

  21. Charlene McCullough on January 1st, 2014 10:27 am

    My passion seems to be applique and this would be a great way to start 2014. Thanks for the starting the year with this wonderful book.

  22. Carolyn on January 1st, 2014 10:27 am

    I love the campanula on the neck roll and the fabric used in the project. Happy new year

  23. Sue on January 1st, 2014 10:32 am

    I always read the blog, but don’t often enter for the giveaways. These flowers are so beautiful, I have to enter this time. Thanks, Kay for sharing this book !

  24. Eileen Keane on January 1st, 2014 10:58 am

    Kay, thank you for having this giveaway. The designs are beautiful!

  25. Kathy L on January 1st, 2014 11:00 am

    What a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  26. Shelor on January 1st, 2014 11:10 am

    Thanks for the chance. I love applique and these designs are so pretty.

  27. Diane Bowron on January 1st, 2014 11:14 am

    I love the Petunia Case. I would make that for sure!

  28. LeAnne L on January 1st, 2014 11:26 am

    Gorgeous. Love floral applique. Those diagonal tulip placemats are great.

  29. Dorothy Holt on January 1st, 2014 11:35 am

    Wonderful patterns.. I like the Petunia! I am a rose person myself.. (My middle name) What do you have done in a rose??

  30. Liz on January 1st, 2014 11:44 am

    I love the placemats and in fact just pinned them on Pinterest just yesterday. I would love this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win. liz at 2bquilting247 at hotmail dot ca.

  31. DebrafromMD on January 1st, 2014 11:58 am

    I love all of these floral designs. Would love to have the patterns.

  32. Beth Strand on January 1st, 2014 12:02 pm

    Oh my, those are lovely and just what I’d need to kick start my applique life again!

  33. Suzanne on January 1st, 2014 12:09 pm

    Love the look if all items shown. I think my favorite is the neck roll.

  34. Brenda C. on January 1st, 2014 12:14 pm

    Happy New Year, Kay. If you say this book is a fantastic resource, sign me up. I can use all the help I can get :)

  35. Sherryl Z on January 1st, 2014 12:53 pm

    Happy New Year! This is a very lovely book. Thank you for writing it, and for the chance to win one.

  36. Nell on January 1st, 2014 3:01 pm

    I would love to win Nature’s Beauty in Appliqué by Susan Taylor Propst. The project ideas are very tempting!

  37. sharon metzger on January 1st, 2014 3:21 pm

    Wow..some really beautiful applique pieces. Projects would be so fun to make!!

  38. Kaye M. on January 1st, 2014 3:23 pm

    The appliqued flower designs have so much depth from the shading of multiple fabrics and look so elegant! The projects are amazing!

  39. Deb G. in VA on January 1st, 2014 3:28 pm

    I love Susan Taylor Propst’s books and her new book looks to be as wonderful as her first 2. I love the Petunia Case! Thanks for the chance to win a copy. Happy New Year!

  40. vera schmidt on January 1st, 2014 4:02 pm

    Great patterns. love all the patterns esp. the placemats. This book on my bookshelf would be well used.
    Happy New Year!!!

  41. Karin on January 1st, 2014 4:39 pm

    Not sure if it’s ‘cuz purple’s my favorite color, or iris are my favorite flowers, but I’m totally in love with that table runner! All the other ones are pretty, as well, but the iris has a special place in my heart.

    I love how there are so many PRACTICAL projects in the book, to spread the beauty all around the home. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  42. Susan Green on January 1st, 2014 5:05 pm

    I love iris’s and would love to win this book.
    Thank you!

  43. Sally from Ca on January 1st, 2014 5:18 pm

    What a great book? It looks like it has some easy and beginner projects too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  44. Annie on January 1st, 2014 6:01 pm

    I think the tulip placemats are beautiful!

  45. Glynis on January 1st, 2014 7:31 pm

    Happy New Year Kay! Another gorgeous book with lots of interesting applique projects in it, thank you for showing it to us.

  46. Loris Mills on January 1st, 2014 8:46 pm

    Happy New Year, Kay! These are all lovely. Love the petunia case.

  47. Elaine on January 1st, 2014 8:54 pm

    Would love to win this book. I would like to do every project in this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  48. Chris on January 1st, 2014 10:05 pm

    The glass case is beautiful. I’d love to see it with a tulip. I love flowers, wish my applique was this good.

  49. Debra Kay Neiman on January 1st, 2014 10:19 pm

    It all looks so pretty. I love applique. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  50. Donna Phelps on January 1st, 2014 10:34 pm

    I really enjoy appliqueing and this book has some beautiful designs. I would really like to try these flowers. So pretty. Thanks for the chance.

  51. Linda Webster on January 1st, 2014 11:06 pm

    Great designs and uses for applique. This is a wonderful book!

  52. Helen Lebrett on January 1st, 2014 11:56 pm

    It looks like a beautiful book!! Great designs!!

  53. Paulette Voit on January 2nd, 2014 3:47 am

    It’s currently 10 degrees outside right now and it is so nice to see this touch of spring. Would love to win this book. Happy New Year!

  54. Donna A on January 2nd, 2014 5:46 am

    Oh my gosh! Her applique is soooo beautiful I’d be almost afraid to use it! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book and try to make something as striking as hers.

  55. Patty W on January 2nd, 2014 6:56 am

    Beautiful floral projects in this book! I would love to win this. Again, thank you for this opportunity. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  56. Diane R on January 2nd, 2014 7:01 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! It looks like a great book! I love the cavalcade of kittens. Too cute!

  57. Jackie on January 2nd, 2014 7:38 am

    I’m making pillows for a friend right now and that neck roll will be a perfect beautiful addition! Can’t wait to get the book. So many beautiful flowers!

  58. candace on January 2nd, 2014 9:09 am

    Gotta love those pretty flowers! I would def. make the Petunia Case if I won :)

  59. Shirley on January 2nd, 2014 10:10 am

    What a beautiful way to begin a new year. Thank you for the opportunity to win such a fantastic prize.

  60. Betty Woodlee on January 2nd, 2014 10:14 am

    I love Susan’s Nature Beauty Appliqué book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

  61. VickiT on January 2nd, 2014 2:16 pm

    What a beautiful book. I just adore the tulip placemats. Those are gorgeous and the way they are done is great as they aren’t the usual type of design.

    I would love this book. I had not seen this before now.

  62. Teresa Fabozzi on January 2nd, 2014 3:57 pm

    This book looks wonderful. The projects are so beautiful and exciting to create. Would love to have this book to make these projects. Happy New Year To you and thank you Susan for this amazing book

  63. Lorie B. on January 2nd, 2014 8:42 pm

    A would love to win this book it has a lot of wonderful treasures to make. Happy New Years! And thanks for the chance to win a other great book.

  64. Bobbie on January 2nd, 2014 9:25 pm

    I love these flowers ! Thanks for the Christmas kittens .

  65. Michelle Steinfeldt on January 3rd, 2014 9:21 am

    Flowers are my favorite to applique-what I wouldn’t give to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance.

  66. kathleen C on January 3rd, 2014 10:55 am

    Applique and nature go together perfectly; the book looks lovely. I’d enjoy a new addition to my quilt library–thanks very much.

  67. Sue on January 4th, 2014 10:35 am

    Looks like a beautiful boo. Always looking for more flowers and learning a new appliqué technique! Wish me luck – Sue in Florida

  68. Ruth Carroll on January 4th, 2014 1:50 pm

    Love to win this book . Table runner an glass case is to die for.

  69. gab on January 5th, 2014 1:01 pm

    Lovely appliques. Would love to win this and make the projects.

  70. Jenell Lamb on January 5th, 2014 2:20 pm

    Love the appliqué, I would love this book, it seems I am more and more into appliqué !